Dec 17, 2010

Chennai Metrowater - Service

I am a regular reader of Times Of India. Last week I saw a new item regarding Customer grievances meeting to be organised at the Annnagar Metrowater Office on 11/12/2010. In my locality we get polluted water supply for the past few weeks. So, I planned to attend the meeting to convey our problems.

On 11/12/2010, I attended the meeting. The Senior Engineer made a note of our street and door no and called the Junior Engineer over phone and reported the problem and to take necessary actions immediately. I thanked the Sr.Engineer and once again requested to speed up the issue. With in an hour the Assistant Engineer came to our locality and verified the complaint and promised to clear the sewage on Monday (13/12/2010). Since our house were at the dead end he informed his Seniors to include our street in the future proposal to erect a  new sewage outlet. 

On 12/12/2010 (Sunday), the Jetroading machine truck and staffs of metrowater came to clear the sewage. The next day, 13/12/2010, we received good quality and quantity of metrowater. Metrowater staff came and asked for signature for attending the complaint. 

We thank the Metrowater department for organizing the public grievance meeting and helping to take the problems to the head of the department and getting attended and solved immediately.

Dec 5, 2010

Mobile Egg House


A Chinese, Mr. Dai Haifei has created an egg shaped low cost mobile house in Beijing. It is made of bamboo strips, steel bar, grass seeds, wood chips and water proof materials. It has cost about $965.

It is useful for migrant laborers who are poor. It has one meter wide bed and have a facilities for washing except a toilet facility.

Nov 28, 2010

Space Program

When I was a kid my ambition was to become an Astronaut. The serials like Star Trek, Cosmos and UGC programs of those days and movies such as Superman and Star Wars motivated me and gave an idea to become an Astronaut. 

 

When I was 12 years old I planned for a space program plan of a kid that is taking card Board box, straws, rockets and a small container. My plan which will be comedy today when you read this, took the card board box fitted wings on both sides, and some rockets behind and for respiration in space I kept the container (Milk container) and kept it open for two days thinking that the container when closed with card board and planting a straw will hold the two days oxygen that I can use in space. I am not aware of the gravity or how much pressure is needed to take off or any other basic information of rocket science, only the desire to reach space. The plan did not take off.

 

In my schooling years I was weak in Mathematics and my dream as an Astronaut ended. But I am still fascinated by the word space, rockets and astronauts. I never miss any programs related to space in TVs and as well as in movies.

 

Recently when I was searching the net I came to know about a person and his son sending a Home made spacecraft fitted with iphone and HD camera and reached the space and back home. All this can be done within a budget of $500! was incredible. I feel that this kind of experiment will be done by many enthusiasts in future. We will witness many wonders soon.

 

Here is the extract from the You Tube site:

 

Video from a camera attached to a weather balloon that rose into the upper stratosphere and recorded the blackness of space. Seven-year-old Max Geissbuhler and his dad Luke Geissbuhler dreamed of visiting space. Armed with just a weather balloon, a video camera, and an iPhone, they basically did just that.

 

The father-and-son team from Brooklyn managed to send their homemade spacecraft up nearly 19 miles, high into the stratosphere, bringing back perhaps the most impressive amateur space footage ever. The duo housed the video camera, iPhone, and GPS equipment in a specially designed insulated casing, along with some hand-warmers and a note from Max requesting its safe return from whomever may find it after making it back to solid ground. All told, father and son spent eight months preparing for their homemade journey into space, in hopes of filming "the blackness beyond our earth."

 

Then, one day in August, Max, his father, and his friend Miles Horner headed out to a nearby park to see their dreams realized. After attaching their equipment to a 19-inch weather balloon and switching on the camera, they watched as their simple craft disappeared high into the sky.

 

"In August 2010, we set out to send a camera to space. The mission was to attach an HD video camera to a weather balloon and send it up into the upper stratosphere to film the blackness beyond our earth. Eventually, the balloon will grow from lack of atmospheric pressure, burst, and begin to fall.

 

"It would have to survive 100 mph winds, temperatures of 60 degrees below zero, speeds of over 150 mph, and the high risk of a water landing. To retrieve the craft, it would need to deploy a parachute, descend through the clouds and transmit a GPS coordinate to a cell phone tower. Then we have to find it.

 

"Needless to say, there are a lot of variables to overcome"

 

After a little over an hour, the craft reached the stratosphere, 100 thousand feet overhead, and captured some incredible footage of space before the balloon popped and fell back towards earth. They found their spacecraft 25 miles away from where they had let it go -- stuck up in a tree.

 

Although the camera's battery died some minutes before touching down, the footage the camera returned is impressive. And despite the fact that the craft didn't technically reach the boundaries of space, Max and his father are undoubtedly proud of their accomplishment.

 

Just as the space-race of the 1960s was driven by a spirit of exploration and ingenuity, so too was the bold idea of Max and Luke Geissbuhler to film the darkness beyond our planet with their homemade spacecraft. And just as mankind was at once emboldened by the success of science and the realm of possibility was widened for an entire generation -- perhaps this father-and-son team can inspire others to follow their dreams, too, do-it-yourself style.

And the Video

Nov 25, 2010

New Raw Material to Produce Cement

Researchers have converted discarded plastic bottles in combination with soil to form a porous cement like substance that could be the construction material of the future.

Naji Khoury, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Temple University in US, says the trademarked product is called ‘Plastisoil’. Khoury said that it takes 30,000 of the better quality recyclable bottles to make one tonne of porous Plastisoil.  He said that an energy analysis shows that it uses less energy to produce one tonne of Plastsoil that one tonne of cement or asphalt. It could ease environmental problems created by storm water run-off because storm water can filter through it into the ground below. He added that preliminary results also show porous Plastisoil to be cheaper to manufacture that existing technologies.

Nov 21, 2010

26/11 - A Souvenir Poem

The World was Shaken,
All souls were awaken,
Our hearts are all broken,
Our enemies have shaken,
Our powers are weaken,

All flowers gathered,
Energies are stored,
The target is aimed,
All powers are flourished,
And the enemies have been perished.

2G versus 3G

2G
3G

  • 20% increase in usage.

  • 30% increase in usage.
  • 200 lakh Crore turn over.

  • 300 lakh Crore turn over.
  • 2 million users.
  • 3 million users.

  • 2 fold increase in new applications.

  • 3 fold increase in new application.
  • 20% drop in productivity.
  • 30% drop in productivity.

  • 200% increase in cost.
  • 300% increase in cost.

  • Usage of grey matter down by 20%.
  • Usage of grey matte down by 30%.

  • Creativity decrease by 2 degrees.

  • Creativity decrease by 3 degrees.
  • Works get simpler.

  • Works get complicated.
  • Slow down by 2 generations.
  • Slow down by 3 generations.



Nov 13, 2010

How to find your lost Mobile


Most people who lose their mobile phones do not file a police complaint as they believe the chances of recovering their phone are less.  However, according to the Chennai suburban police, it is almost certain that you would get back your phone if you file a police complaint with the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.

The police commissioner urged people to call 9042400100 to report their missing mobile phones. Those lodging complaints should furnish complete information including their name and address, model and make of the lost instrument, its number, e-mail address, date of loss and IMEI number. The IMEI number can be obtained by typing *#06# on a GSM mobile phone. The number can also be found beneath the battery.

Nov 12, 2010

The Social Network – Face Book


The Social Network is a film about the founder of Face Book. Its a biographical account of Mark Zuckerberg and his billion dollar invention which changed the face of the world. He is an young man who becomes a billionaire at the age of 25.

And nobody ends up being friendless even after having 500 million people sign up on a friend request site. There are so many interesting nuggets in the film.  From Zuckergberg’s first attempts at creating an interactive site at an act of vengeance against his girlfriend. Erica Asbright (Rooney Mara) to his encounter with Napster’s knight in shining armour, Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), the drama hurtles across with breakneck speed.

It is a creating the next big thing after Google. The high point of The Social Network is its super screenplay (Aaron Sorking) where every dialogue becomes a quotable quote.  The exchange between the lead characters is witty and vibrant, carrying forth the drama with a throbbing intensity.

Nov 7, 2010

LAND LINE PHONE Vs MOBILE PHONE





LAND LINE PHONE
MOBILE PHONE

  • Connected to wires.

  • No wires, except while charging.
  • Have to sit and talk.

  • Walk while you talk.
  • No need for charging.
  • Needs charging at least once every day.
  • Helps in memorizing numbers as a result the mind gets sharper.

  • Usage of Phone Book makes the mind blunt.
  • Personal and Official works are done better due to less disturbance of unwanted calls.

  • All works get disturbed due to unwanted calls and messages.
  • You don’t looks the phone 100 times a day.

  • You look the phone more than 100 times a day for SMS and calls.
  • You can’t lose or misplace your phone.

  • You always misplace and lose the mobile.
  • You save energy.

  • You lose energy and money.
  • Works get simpler.

  • Works get complicated.
  • You get an identity and personal touch.

  • U lose your identity and no personal touch.

Nov 4, 2010

NIKKI HALEY


Today we are proud to have people who have originated in India are place at higher level in the US Administration.

Nikki Haley is person who has been elected as the first woman governor of South Carolina. People who have the roots in India are getting prominence in the US Government. This is a very good opportunity to stay focused in getting closer in the India - Us ties.
 

Oct 29, 2010

The future looks bright


Solar power remains the brightly promising spot in the field of renewable energy, and its prospects seem to be improving by the day. Already, the mavens abroad are of the opinion that within three to seven years, unsubsidized solar power could cost no more than electricity generated using fossil fuels. A new era in renewable is clearly round the corner. Things seem to be moving on the right track, but there is a need to have clear-cut norms and proactive policy to coagulate funds and resources right along the board in the renewable energy space.


SunBorne Energy, funded by General Catalyst and Khosla Ventures, is set to make solar power affordable and wide spread across India.  Over the next three years, SunBorne will deploy over Rs.1500 crores in over 100 MW’s of utility-scale solar plants, and develop sites across India for several GugaWatts of solar power. The company is partnering with MNRE on an R&D project to indigenize and decrease the cost of solar plants. Over the next decade, it plans to cut the costs in half, making solar power competitive with other sources. SunBorne’s affordable solar power can help India grow without risking the environment or energy security.

Oct 23, 2010

Nano

What is nano: It is a prefix a Greek word meaning midget or dwarf. In Science it means one in Billion in Mathematical term it is 10 power –9 of a meter, to atom level length of 10 hydrogen atoms.

 

Nanotechnology is the science behind to purposefully manipulate the matter to atom size in simple words it is engineering at a very small scale.  Imagine Motors in the size of thumb nail, and even tiny seen only through microscope. All this are possible in coming years.

 

nano_image

 

The above Image was written using Dip pen Nanolithography and images using lateral force microscopy of an atomic force microscope (Image courtesy Mirkin Group)

 

 

Nanoguitar (10 microns), 1997, courtesy of Dustin W.Carr and Harold G Craighead, Cornell Nanofabrication Facility and the School of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University.

 

We have nano tech in our hands yes our mobile phone is product of nano technology. Nano has vast areas of use, our successors will be studying only through gadgets made out of nano tech in future.

Oct 19, 2010

Rajikanth at Himalayas

Today hot news about Enthiran and Super Star Rajikanth is his vist to the Himalayas.
Here are some photos released in the media which are interesting.


















Oct 15, 2010

Indians - Green Oscars


Indians bag two Green Oscars

India had a golden day at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, UK on Wednesday, 13th October 2010. While Mysore-based duo Krupakar-Senani bagged an award for their film “The Pack: Episode 5” in the Animal Behaviour. The Wildscreen awards, popularly known as The Panda Awards or the Green Oscars, received by Krupakar-Senani. It’s the first time a film shot in India by Indians was nominated to the Animal Behaviour category. The winning film is about 27 minutes and won against films which are over 50 minutes.

Health is Wealth



Walking can ward off memory loss

Participants who walked between six and nine miles per week had more gray matter volume in their brains nine years after the start of the study than people who didn’t walk as much.

Oct 11, 2010

Slow computers




The big problem with windows-based computers is that they require regular maintenance. Glary utility is one of the best. With its very simple user interface, it makes PC maintenance easy even for those who are uncomfortable with computers. It cleans junk files and removes broken registry and also allows users to wipe online history, shared files securely and ensure memory optimization. In most cases, it works.

Oct 10, 2010

Muthia Muralidharan at Velamal


On 9th Oct 2010 Velammal School organised Science Expo in their school at Mugappair East. Srilankan cricketer Mr. Muthiah Muralidhar was the chief guest. Carrom Champion Elavazhagi was felicitated. Velammal schools sports champions were given shield medal. For the students of the tenth and twelfth std toppers were cash awarded.

Sep 22, 2010

THE CONDEMNED


Last week I saw a Movie "The Condemned". This movie was about ten condemned prisoners air lifted and dropped in a island called "Friendship Island". These prisoners are monitored by GPRS and cameras by a team of web programmers running a live show in a web site. Its a typical cyber crime story. The movie was very nice to watch and remained me the live shows telecasted in the discovery channel, "The Survivors".

Sep 6, 2010

LORD GANESHA

In our society we have a custom to do puja when we start a new work or project. Few feel that its a superstition.
But doing puja at the beginning gives lot of confidence and creates an positive feeling around us.
Lord Ganesha is known to clear all hurdles that one encounters doing the process. The puja helps in planning, team work, removes selfishness, removes fear and enables to see success and achievement close to our eyes.

This week end the whole Nation is celebrating Vinayagarchaturthi.